In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers went on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. Their signs had four simple, but powerful words: “I AM A MAN.” The strike was also the reason why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis, where he was assassinated. April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.
This year’s AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio, a city with a rich civil rights history and the northern terminus of the fabled Underground Railroad. “Cincinnati was the destination for thousands of African-Americans seeking freedom in the 1800s,” said IAM Executive Assistant Diane Babineaux, who led the